The emerging role for occupational therapists working with children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), specifically emotional or behavioural difficulties.
(2014) The emerging role for occupational therapists working with children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), specifically emotional or behavioural difficulties., no. 71.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is a relatively unknown diagnosis across the United Kingdom, however, due to increased alcohol consumption within the UK society it is a diagnosis of which all health care professionals should be aware of. It is widely recognised that FASD are preventable, yet blight children's lives. It often goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, subsequently leading to inappropriate assessments, inappropriate short and long term interventions and debilitating secondary disabilities. There is an emerging role for occupational therapists, who are well placed to offer assessments, intervention, guidance and support to the child and family. Evidence indicates that early intervention positively correlates with positive outcomes. Therefore action is required in order to increase OTs clinical knowledge with regards to FASD subsequently empowering the profession to improve interventions for those in need. A review of FASD literature indicated that a lack of awareness and knowledge exacerbates the continuing difficulties. Therefore the research proposal looks to address the lack of OT professional awareness with the accumulation being the construction of FASD specific guidelines and educational handouts, subsequently increasing awareness and knowledge amongst OTs.